Soi Number 9 Debuts on Chef Andrew Zimmern's "Big Food Truck Tip" on Food Network

As an entrepreneur, a former food truck owner and a passionate eater with years of culinary experiences behind him, no one knows the ins and outs of the American food truck scene quite like Andrew Zimmern. He recognizes the hard work that’s needed to launch and sustain a mobile business, he’s quick to spot burgeoning talent when he sees it, and he certainly knows good food. This summer, Andrew is kicking off one of his most-important food missions to date as he hits the road to reward food truck operators who are doing it all and doing it right.

On Big Food Truck Tip, premiering Wednesday, Sept. 19 with back-to-back episodes starting at 10|9c, Andrew will visit cities big and small to experience a trio of trucks and trailers in the local area. He’ll meet the folks who run the operation on the ground, learn their histories and inspirations, and get up close and personal with some of their signature menu items. But as he’s visiting each truck, he’ll also be taking stock of its opportunities for growth in the future — because he’s got a surprise up his sleeve to help one location. Big time. The food truck owners don’t know this, but before Andrew’s trip to each city is complete, he’ll return to one of the trucks and leave a whopping $10,000 cash tip in the jar. Each entrepreneur is dedicated and hard-working, but only one will unknowingly show off their special something to Andrew and ultimately find themselves with a life-changing tip.

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The Weekly Dish: Three Memphis food trucks featured on Food Network new primetime series

One Memphis food truck operator is in for a mighty big tip.

After focusing on Memphis BBQ pitmasters on the popular show Chopped back in August, Food Network has now turned their attention on three Memphis food trucks in their new primetime series “Big Food Truck Tip with Andrew Zimmern.”

Big Food Truck Tip premiers with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. The Memphis segment will air at 9:30 p.m.

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EDIBLE MEMPHIS: Our Soi - Your Street

EDIBLE MEMPHIS: Our Soi-Your Street

It’s time for school again, and the buses are making their rounds. Kids dread the sight of them, but there is one that everyone likes to see—Soi Number 9. This bright orange converted school bus is a food truck that specializes in authentic Thai food.

Chef and owner Tim Vimonnimit grew up in southern Thailand and started cooking with his mother at the age of six. A classically trained Thai chef, Tim has worked in the restaurant business for over 40 years both here in Memphis and along the coast in southern Thailand.

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StyleBlueprint: 16 Memphis Food Trucks to Try This Summer

16 Memphis Food Trucks to Try This Summer

Jennifer Chandler

No question about it, Memphis has one awesome — and tasty — food truck scene! Dozens of food trucks are now rolling through the streets of the Bluff City at events, in parks, on street corners and at office complexes. No matter what kind of cuisine you are craving, you can find it on a food truck somewhere in town.

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Ed. Note: Michael Butler begins a series on Memphis food trucks with Soi Number 9, a brand-spanking new mobile restaurant that serves up Thai street food. Have a little-known food truck he should explore? Email me at or Tweet to him at @_one901.

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